By Sarah L. VoisinThe dental assistant who allegedly killed his wife and four of his children was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday, as the state of Virginia sought to put an end to a decade-long federal investigation that has dogged his practice.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlottesville said in a statement that Charles J. Gorman, 62, pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree murder and reckless endangerment in March of 2016.
Gormans wife, his three daughters and two grandchildren died in a single-car accident in May 2018.
Gorman is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 4, 2018.
The Associated Press reported that Gorman was fired by the dentist’s practice after a patient filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging he used a fentanyl-related drug on his wife, a longtime family friend.
The complaint said Gorman used fentanyl to kill his wife during a medical checkup.
Gormans daughter, who was in the backseat of the car with her grandmother, said the drug she was using was not a fentanyl patch but a potent blend of fentanyl, carfentanil and codeine.
The girl was unable to tell her grandmother about the overdose until a few days later, she told the AP.
She said she feared Gorman would kill her.
The girl said her father would tell her, “You’re not my daughter anymore,” according to the complaint.
She also said her mother would say Gorman is “the worst person in the world.”